Somerset Regional Council Weekly Highlights – 31 October 2016

Somerset Regional Council Weekly Highlights – 31 October 2016

Category : General News

Nominate a Somerset Resident for an Australia Day Award

Somerset residents are being encouraged to recognise the outstanding contributions of fellow residents by nominating them for a 2017 Australia Day Award.

The annual awards are held to acknowledge residents and groups who have made a considerable contribution to  the community.

Somerset Regional Council invites nominations in six categories – Citizen of the Year, Young Citizen of the Year, Event of the Year, Australia Day Sports Award, Australia Day Arts and Cultural Award and Community Group of the Year.

Nominations for each of the categories are open from now until 5pm on Friday, 9 December.

The Australia Day Awards ceremony will be held on Australia Day in 2017 at the Somerset Civic Centre in Esk.

Nomination forms are available from Council offices, by phoning (07) 5424 4000 or online at www.somerset.qld.gov.au.

Learn to Help Native Animals at This Week’s Esk Cuppa and Chat

The Esk Community Connection Point is holding their next Cuppa and Chat on Friday, 4 November at 10.30am.

This month’s guest speaker, Sue Holmes from FAUNA will provide information on how to recognise when a native animal is in need of assistance and what to do when you see an injured native animal.

This community event is supported by Somerset Regional Council and is free to attend.

For more information contact Council on (07) 5424 4000.

Lowood QGAP Operating Hours Have Changed

Somerset Regional Council wants to remind residents of changes to the operational hours of the Queensland Government Agency Program (QGAP) in Lowood.

Council undertakes the QGAP functions on behalf of the state government offering services from its Lowood Customer Service Centre on the corner of Michel and Main Streets.

All QGAP services at the Lowood centre are no longer available from 12pm to 2pm.

Services offered by the Lowood QGAP branch are available between the hours of 9am to midday and 2pm to 4pm from Monday through to Friday.

These changes came into effect on Tuesday, 1 November.

Emergency Health Workshop on in Esk This Thursday

Learn to recognise and respond to the symptoms of common health problems at a workshop in Esk this Thursday, 3 November.

Toogoolawah Ambulance Station officer in charge, Tanya King, will present an hour long workshop on how to recognise some common health warning signs for heart attacks, stroke, epilepsy and snake bites.

The health workshop will be held at the Esk Visitor Information Centre from 11am.

Residents interested in learning basic emergency health information are encouraged to attend the free session.

For more information about the health workshop contact Council on (07) 5424 4000.

 

 

 


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Somerset Farmers book your seat now for the Farmer's Big Night Out on Wednesday, 8 September at the Somerset Civic Centre.Enjoy a great evening of live entertainment, dinner and socialising. This event is Free for Somerset farmers.Call Council on (07) 5424 4000 to book your ticket now as seats are limited. ... See MoreSee Less
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Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Infrastructure, Local Government and PlanningThe Honourable Dr Steven MilesGreater council integrity for QueenslandersThe Office of the Independent Assessor will receive more funding and Queensland communities will see improved clarity for councillors around their decision-making, announced the Deputy Premier and Minister for Local Government today.The Deputy Premier announced $1.302 million over two years to support eight full-time equivalent positions in the Office of the Independent Assessor OIA.“It’s vital Queensland communities have confidence in the decision-making of their elected representatives, and we are looking to ensure that decision-making isn’t hindered by any confusion around potential conflicts of interest,” Mr Miles said.“The Government recently undertook a project which analysed the operations of the new councillor complaints framework to make sure it is working smoothly and effectively.“The analysis resulted in a number of recommendations, including streamlining the interactions between the department, the Office of the Independent Assessor (OIA) and the Councillor Conduct Tribunal (CCT).“We will streamline the process of declaring conflicts of interest, clarifying when a councillor can and cannot participate in decision-making, and how the conflict of interest framework, including the definition of ‘related party’, applies in small council settings.“We’re also providing greater resourcing support for OIA to help carry out its investigations into councillor complaints and keep up with high demand.“To support the OIA to carry out its investigations into councillor complaints we’re committing an additional $1.302 million over two years to support eight temporary full-time equivalent positions.It follows an announcement in December 2020, of an extra $250,000 for the OIA to fund an additional three staff.Mr Miles said the Government will continue working with key stakeholders such as the Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ), to look at ways of improving the system.Local Government Association of Queensland CEO Greg Hallam thanked the Deputy Premier and his department for working proactively with the LGAQ and its member councils to review the current conflict of interest laws to make sure they are achieving what they were designed to.“Ensuring Queensland’s conflict of interest rules are both workable and effective is of critical importance to local councils and the communities they serve,” Mr Hallam said.“We have provided the Deputy Premier and his department with an extensive submission outlining some of the unintended consequences our member councils are experiencing and recommending potential reforms to the Local Government Act and we look forward to continuing to work in partnership with the Government to progress those changes.”Mr Miles thanked the LGAQ and all stakeholders involved for their input to improve the sector.“It’s crucial we keep listening to stakeholders and support councillors to be the best representatives they can be for their communities,” Mr Miles said.“This is about making a good system even better by increasing transparency and integrity and providing Queenslanders the finest Local Government system in the country.”ENDSMedia contact: Katharine Wright – 0428 957 903 / Amy Hunter – 0423 651 484 ... See MoreSee Less
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